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Best clincher tire for training?(8 posts)

Best clincher tire for training?big guy
Jul 27, 2002 12:50 PM
I have been going through Michelin Axial Pro's very quickly this year. I have been happy with them except that the rear tread wears through in 3000 miles. I no longer race on them - I've gone to tubies. So, what do you guys recommend for a very durable training clincher - Continental 3000's?
Grand Prix 3000's don't have much durability in my experienceTig
Jul 27, 2002 2:13 PM
First off, what works perfectly for one person is a living hell for someone else when it comes to tires and saddles. I'm sure there are a few who will say they have had no problems with durability (puncture protection and mileage) with their 3000's. The 3000 is a great handling tire that is perfect for racing, but I could never call it durable! I'm sure I'm not the only one.

I'd go with the regular Grand Prix or Grand Prix 4-Season for durability, without giving up much on weight and handling. I've had great luck with the Vittoria Rubino Pro TT, and other have had good luck with one of the Performance Forte Pro tires.
Conti Ultra 2000 or GP 4-Season (nm)jtolleson
Jul 27, 2002 2:40 PM
Michelin Axial Carbonsericd
Jul 27, 2002 3:03 PM
I've been riding Axial Carbons this year and I like them -- they seem to be very durable. Paid $32 each.
If you can find themKerry
Jul 27, 2002 3:09 PM
The original Conti GP gives nearly triple the mileage of a GP 3000. However, I have not seen the GP for sale for at least a year, so I don't know if they are still made. In most tire maker's lines, the second or third tire from the top is often the best compromise of durability and performance, but you will lose some performance.
If you like the Axial Pro....DrPete
Jul 27, 2002 4:48 PM
Try the Michelin Pro Race. All the speed and grip of the axial pro, but the tire seems to be built with a bit more durability in mind. I switched to them from Conti GP3000s because the sidewalls on the GPs were looking iffy at about 700-800 miles. So far I have about 150 on the Pro Races, and all looks well. They're about 35 bucks on sale at Colorado Cyclist and a couple others. Good luck!
3000 miles?filtersweep
Jul 28, 2002 5:57 AM
I'd be happy to get that kind of mileage in the first place.
re: Best clincher tire for training?Royle Wheels
Jul 28, 2002 7:40 AM
Why not use something heavier like a Conti Ultra Gatorskin, Vittoria Rubino Pro, or Schwalbe Blizzard Neo Pro (which I saw Bulltek have a special on right now).

If your wanting them "just" for training, then use heavier tires, get longer mileage, and have less risk of punctures.